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Diaspora & Education Minister Naftali Bennett arrives at the weekly government cabinet meeting.

Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education and Minster of Diaspora Affairs, departed for the United States Saturday night following the shooting incident against the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Minister will visit the scene of the attack, meet the local community and participate in the funerals of those killed in the attack.


“When Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, the people of Israel feel pain. All Israel are responsible for one another,” he said.

“The State of Israel is deeply pained by this terrible anti-Semitic murder. Our Jewish brothers and sisters came under a murderous attack while at prayer. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, and we pray for the swift recovery of the injured, as we pray this is the last such event. Jewish blood is not free.

“I am going to offer strength to the community and its leaders, and to examine how we can offer assistance,” he said. “May the memory of the murdered be blessed.”

Bennett directed the Director General of the Diaspora Ministry to prepare to assist the Pittsburgh Jewish community, including the need for emergency and resilience teams that immediately left Israel for psychological assistance and community rehabilitation.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.